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The Nomination Process

Nominators are expected to assist in notifying selected individual(s) or group.

Each nomination will include:

  • the contact information for the nominee and nominator,
  • location of volunteerism,
  • duration of volunteerism,
  • selected award category,
  • and nomination narrative.

Answers to the nomination narrative should be written in paragraph form (i.e. not as a bulleted list) and contain under 1,000 characters. Late or incomplete submissions will not be reviewed. The deadline for submission is Friday,  October 8, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. EDT.

Nomination Narrative:

  1. Please provide a brief bio for the nominated individual(s).
    • If you are nominating an organization, please provide a brief bio of the organization.
  2. Quantitative Data: What was the impact of the nominee’s volunteerism between June 2020 and September 2021* (*except for the Lifetime Achievement, AmeriCorps Alum, and National Service award)? Provide quantitative data citing number of volunteer hours provided, number of people served, etc., that shows results of the volunteer service activities.
  3. Qualitative Data: What made this nominee’s volunteer service extraordinary? Provide anecdotal information, such as stories and quotes to demonstrate the non-measurable impact of the nominee’s volunteerism.

Options to Submit Nomination:

  • Submit a virtual written nomination, here.
  • Print this file and mail your physical nomination response, here:
    • ATTN: The Governor’s Office on Service and Volunteerism – 2021 GSA
      100 Community Place
      Crownsville, MD 21032
  • Alternative Submission Options – Verbal & ASL
    Any nominator may choose to submit the nomination narrative verbally or with American Sign Language. To submit:

    • email a .mp3 file (maximum 3 minutes per answer) to
    • email a .mp4 or .MOV file (maximum 3 minutes per answer) of your ASL submission to

The form submission will be the only information used to select the recipients of the 2021 Governor’s Service Awards. Learn more about previous recipients: 2020, 201920182017, and 2016.

In addition to the nomination review, the Governor’s Office on Service and Volunteerism will use the narrative in parts or its entirety on social media, on the website, and in awards event materials.